December 2017

Listening to the Voice Inside : Daniel Belcher

Among the many roles written for him, Daniel Belcher premiered the role of Brian Castner in Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk with Opera Saratoga and reprised the role with Utah Opera last spring. Belcher discusses what it was like developing this character and others for the first time, as well as where he sees opera going and why being true to yourself is really the most important thing of all.

The Singer’s Library : Finding Your Vocal Compass

Read about the third edition of a popular book
that explores what every singer needs to know about Body Mapping.

Musings on Mechanics : Food For Thought

What kind of an impact does diet have on a singer? It may be more than you realize. Have a look at the provided nutritional suggestions for cultivating the optimal vocal athlete.

The Music Major Minute: : Correlating Careers that Will Help Pay the Bills

Creating an opera career is a long, unpredictable, and often bumpy road. Find suggestions for lucrative side hustles that can keep you afloat through the journey.

All-Encompassing Legacy : 40 Years of Music Theatre

New York City’s Encompass New Opera Theatre has been championing new works and singers for over four decades. Read their remarkable story in this interview with the company’s Artistic Director Nancy Rhodes.

Supply and Demand : Gender Disparity in Opera: Part 1

More women than men pursue opera careers, and yet fewer roles exist for women than men in the bulk of the operatic repertoire. So, can women get a fair shot in this industry? We begin to take a look at these issues in part one of this series.

Necessary Art

A new opera showcases the struggles one soldier faces after returning home from many tours in Iraq. Read about one singer’s eye-opening experience watching the production at Utah Opera last spring as another production sets to open at Pittsburgh Opera in January.